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dc.contributor.advisor Urban, Dean
dc.contributor.author Graham, Stephanie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-24T17:04:26Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-24T17:04:26Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/5205
dc.description.abstract Private land conservation in the United States has increased in recent years, largely through the efforts of non-profit land trusts, willing private landowners, and state and federal grant programs. As a reaction to sprawling development in agriculturally important lands, many conservation organizations are increasing their efforts to protect working farms. This project worked with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) integrating ArcGIS and the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) to identify individual parcels within seven counties in western North Carolina that would qualify for federal funding of conservation easements. A model was created to identify 2-3 focus areas within each county that contain working farmlands that meet FRPP requirements. A tool was also created that evaluates any tract of land within their service area for the percentage of important farmland soils and the percentage of open space. Both the model and the tool were created with the preferences of SAHC and the specificity of the North Carolina FRPP 2011 Ranking Sheet. en_US
dc.subject conservation easements en_US
dc.subject important soils en_US
dc.subject Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) en_US
dc.subject Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) en_US
dc.subject GIS prioritization en_US
dc.title A Farmland Conservation Plan for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy en_US
dc.type Masters' project
dc.department Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences

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